Minister of State for Culture and the Digital Economy

Ed Vaizey MP

Biography

Ed Vaizey MP was appointed Minister of State at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, with responsibility for digital industries on 15 July 2014. He is the Conservative MP for Wantage and Didcot.

Education

Ed was educated at Merton College, Oxford.

Political career

He was Shadow Minister for the Arts from 2006 to 2010. In 2004 he became a political speech writer. He was appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries in May 2010.

Career outside politics

After university he worked as a political researcher, before training and practising as a barrister. From 1996 to 2004 he was director of a public relations company.

Personal life

Ed is married with 2 children.

Minister of State for Culture and the Digital Economy

This role is shared between the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS).

BIS responsibilities:

  • digital economy
  • digital entrepreneurship
  • cyber and business resilience
  • digital skills
  • EU single digital market
  • senior relationship management of Microsoft, Hewlett Packard, Huawei and other digital industry companies
  • Co-chair of the Smart Cities Forum

DCMS responsibilities:

  • broadband delivery (also including mobile infrastructure project)
  • telecommunications policy
  • media policy
  • creative industries
  • culture

Previous roles in government

  1. Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries

    • 2010 to 2014

Announcements

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  1. Prime Minister appoints new Chair Designate at the V&A

    • 27 March 2015
    • News story
  2. Prime Minister reappoints Trustee of the British Museum

    • 25 March 2015
    • News story
  3. Prime Minister reappoints Trustee of the Natural History Museum

    • 25 March 2015
    • News story
  4. Government confirms analogue radio licences rollover

    • 24 March 2015
    • News story
  5. Sajid Javid appoints new Members to the Reviewing Committee

    • 24 March 2015
    • News story
  6. Government action secures end to shock mobile bills

    • 22 March 2015
    • Press release
  7. A digital remedy will make a healthy high street

    • 9 March 2015
    • Press release
  8. Ed Vaizey's speech to the Oxford Media Convention 2015

    • 4 March 2015
    • Speech
  9. Cyber security ‘myths’ putting a third of SME revenue at risk

    • 25 February 2015
    • News story
  10. Government cracks down on nuisance calling companies

    • 25 February 2015
    • Press release